Phoenicians, as we're called, are a conglomerate of people in which a vast majority did not originate locally. Arizona is a very popular destination for retirees and anyone looking to escape the harsh winters from around the Country. We have dozens of major employers and sunshine over 300 days a year. Because we are such a hot bed of re-locations, it's not uncommon to go long stretches of time in between meeting someone new who is actually from the Phoenix area. It can seem as if everyone here is from somewhere else. Heck, even I'm from Michigan originally although I moved here in 1995...read more.